Turriff Town Centre – Junction of High Street / Main Street

Turriff Tourism Action Group (TTAG) has now raised the £84,000 funding required to embark upon the creation of the Turra Coo Sculpture for the centre of Turriff.

The project was officially launched at the TTAG AGM which was held at Fyvie Castle on 21st April. The artists posed for photographs at the proposed site for the sculpture (junction of High Street and Main Street) The 3 appointed artists, David Blyth, MA, Ginny Hutchison MA RCA, and Charles Engebretsen BA are now embarking upon the Education program to develop visuals for the Public Art Work.

The artists will initiate a series of arts-led public events and a comprehensive arts-based education programme to raise awareness and understanding of the project and embrace public ownership of the sculpture. It presents an excellent opportunity for inviting the local rural community to engage with contemporary arts through the celebration of local heritage.

The project has been fortunate in attracting financial support from the Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER Programme, Aberdeenshire Council and The McRobert Trust, the Mary Salmond trust and Turriff & District Ltd in addition to many other sources including business, private and personal donations.

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“…In the lead up to the Turra Coo Sculpture Project Charles Engebretsen, David Blyth and myself Ginny Hutchison, have begun to find out a bit more about Turriff including what’s on, how people feel about the town and the Turra Coo story itself, and also what opinions people have about the sculpture project.                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

In addition to a ‘hit squad’ stand at the Turriff Show in August we have also met up with a few different groups around town to listen and have a blether. The following images are some of the quotes people have very kindly shared with us so far.

In the coming months we will be working on the sculpture and also organising a series of events, exhibitions and demonstrations….watch this space for more details and if you would like to join the debate please email TurraCooSculptureProject@hotmail.com, leaving your comment and name.”

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Turra Coo Sculpture Project has now reached an exciting stage in its 5 year history. Turra Coo Management Group held a meeting last week to view the developments in the Project. Representatives from Aberdeenshire Council, Turriff Community Council, Turriff Business Association, Turriff Rotary Club, Turriff and District Ltd, Turriff Academy, Councillors, Turriff Heritage Society and the Paterson Family were invited along to see Artist, Ginny Hutchison’s presentation on the Community/Education Package and how the activities have progressed. She then described how the Busy Bees Group in Dawson Court became engaged in the creation of the Turra Coo Garland.

Ginny Hutchison then showed film footage of how the Geography department monitored pedestrian movement on the selected site and transferred this into animation.

The Craft and Design and Art department were given a demonstration on casting and were involved in the metal pour for the Hoof prints and signs to be used in the rejuvenated town centre site.

Aberdeenshire Council Roads and Infrastructure Officer Stuart Andrew revealed the town centre site plans which have now been submitted to the Planning Office. A budget has been drawn up and this will go out to tender soon. It is hoped that the landscaping may be finished in early autumn.

Artist David Blyth gave a very informative and enlightening 15 minute presentation on the sculpture fabrication. From the real cow, through casting, moulding, sculpting and waxing to the life like structure. A most unusual innovative technical approach has been used to create the art work which is now at the Bronze Foundry in Edinburgh.

Bruce Ferguson proposed a vote of thanks to Turriff Academy Depute Head Kathleen Riddoch for providing the facilities and lunch and to the Artists, David, Charles and Ginny and Stuart Andrew for their presentations.

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The five-year project to honour the Turra Coo will culminate on Saturday, November 20, with a ceremony at Turriff.

The event will herald a successful conclusion to the £84,000 scheme aimed at creating a focal point in the town centre.

The bronze sculpture will be placed at the junction of High Street and Main Street in an area currently under preparation.

The area is looking good and the landscaping work is progressing well.

The sculpture is currently in Edinburgh where it is going through the process of bronzing, welding and colouring.

Artists David Blyth, Charles Engebretsen and Ginny Hutchison, who won the commission for the sculpture, are keeping a close eye on the completion process.

The piece will be installed on site in the town centre shortly before it is unveiled.

The Scultpure will be unveiled by Scottish First Minsiter Alex Salmond.

 

Local and national dignitaries are being invited.  There will also be invitations to all funders and everyone involved in the project.

Entertainment at the public ceremony will include music, poetry and singing.  The compere for the day will be Robert Lovie.

The sculpture project included a £15,000 community education programme through Turriff Academy and feeder primaries.

An exhibition of pupil’s work stimulated by the initiative will also go on show.

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  The Turra Coo Sculpture has now been in place for 4 months attracting a great number of visitors and residents alike fromTurriff and beyond.

The sculpture and the extensive landscaped area has exceeded general public’s expectation.

By rejuvenating this key site in Turriff it has created a hub for locals and stimulated interest in the town itself.

The public’s positive reaction to the changes has been welcomed by Turriff Tourism Action Group.  Visitors and residents are constantly taking a detour to view the Turra Coo as the character changes when flood lit in the evening.